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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My father worked on a production line that made the Routemaster buses.
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Small world isn't it? Dad's badge started with DD, but don't ask me to recall the number! Rolling Eyes

I think the Routemaster was the bus they refered to as 'the jumper'. I wondered why until the day dad was on a school run and running empty TO the school. He saw me and stopped to give me a lift up a steep hill. Without passengers to weigh it down the damn thing near rattled my fillings out. EVERYTHING was rattling.

It's early memories of the bus depot that left me with a life-long hatred of diesel.

For a while dad drove lorries for the hospitals in the area. It must have been the summer holidays of 1964 (when my sister was born) dad took me with him to Biddulph Grange - then a hospital. While he was unloading the lorry one of his colleagues took me on a guided tour of the abandoned gardens there. It's impressive now, but to a five year old it was magical. I think it's one of the reasons I became a gardener.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re the jumper. My theory on that would be that there was no door on the rear left corner and people literally jumped on and off.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're quite right Tagwex, but all buses were like that originally, not just the RMs. 1950s London wouldn't have worked as well with modern buses, but the odd accident with people jumping off when the bus was going too fast eventually put an end to it. Thankfully they lasted long enough for Frank Spencer (Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'em) to film his memorable skit on roller skates hanging on the back of one of them.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW ! Sue. You got in free to Biddulph Grange Smile

That's one garden I must see sometime. That and Holehird.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tagwex wrote:
Re the jumper. My theory on that would be that there was no door on the rear left corner and people literally jumped on and off.
That may be the reason - still doesn't explain the loose fillings. Laughing
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WOW ! Sue. You got in free to Biddulph Grangem Smile

That's one garden I must see sometime. That and Holehird.

Didn't realise the significance of it for years. To a five year old it was like Narnia.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sue Deacon wrote:
still doesn't explain the loose fillings. Laughing


Maybe it was your own suspension that was faulty!!!

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I jumped off of one of those route masters myself when I was young and foolish in Camden Town between stops just to save myself the walk back. Didn't land too well. Didn't do it again either.
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I worked on those "Platform" Bus'es when CIE was in full Production...the Chassis would come into Spa Road, Inchicore. and we would fit them out to the finish before going into Service...

Shortly after Van Hool Mc Ardle moved in and took over Production I packed up and went into Security and Cash-in-Transit which took me Country wide and began my love affair with Driving...never looked back...


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Did you keep any of the cash? Smile Smile
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Nah...the thought never occurred to me...plenty of overtime and I was like a Kid with a new Toy...was able to put a Deposit on a House and buy myself an oul' Banger...good times... Razz
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Just after landing back to reality with a Bump after spending the last 2 hours in the 60's........Do you remember this lot...its only a fraction of the entire 2 hrs...

1...Chris Andrews...Yesterday Man...
2...Tremeloes...........Silence is Golden...
3..The McCoys.........Hang on Sloopy...
4...Kinks.....................All Day and All of the Night...
5...Them....................Here comes the Night...
6...The Hollies..........I'm Alive..
7...John Fred and his Playboy Band...Judy in Disguise...
8...Lulu...To Sir with love...
9...Rolling Stones...Jumpin' Jack Flash...
10..Yard Birds...For your Love...
11...Seekers...Georgey Girl...
12...The Who ...My Generation...
13...Procol Harum...Whiter Shade of Pale {If you had the same Girl at the end of that Dance you were set up for the Night}


If you want to see R&R at it's very best...see "Rockin' Rollin' Rockabilly Dance" on U Tube...I promise you will not be disappointed...it brings a whole new meaning to Rock and Roll.........Bill Haley, eat your Heart out...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is number 7 a first cousin of Lucy in the sky with diamonds?
Rem most of those.

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On another site my sister is Georgie Girl and I am Bobby's Girl - who remembers THAT one?

Silence is golden - wow that brings back some memories. Very Happy

They REALLY don't write 'em like that anymore.

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